Mocomi Kids http://mocomi.com Inspiring Curiosity! Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:30:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.14 Most delicious cuisines in the world http://mocomi.com/most-delicious-cuisines-in-the-world/ http://mocomi.com/most-delicious-cuisines-in-the-world/#comments Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:30:34 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=95177 11 Most tasty cuisines in the world Food binds people across the world. People from different countries, religion, culture, background are all united by food – not only a need to survive but is looked at as art, culmination of senses and various flavours. Let us take a look at some of the best and […]

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11 Most tasty cuisines in the world

Food binds people across the world. People from different countries, religion, culture, background are all united by food – not only a need to survive but is looked at as art, culmination of senses and various flavours. Let us take a look at some of the best and the most delicious cuisines from across the globe:

1. Italian cuisine:

Who doesn’t love pasta, pizza or cheese? It is one of the oldest cuisines in the world and is famous for using various kinds of cheese. Italy alone produces some 400 different varieties of cheese!

2. Greek cuisine:

The cuisine takes inspiration from Turkish and Italian cuisine, but is unique in its own way. Greeks use olive oil and special herbs that set them apart from their inspirational cuisines. They use a wide variety of vegetables that makes this cuisine special.

3. Thai cuisine:

Flavoursome and spicy; Thai cuisine has become very popular lately. Hot, sour, bitter and sweet- Thai flavours hit the taste buds as soon as you put the sauces in your mouth. They use lots of fresh herbs, broth and make a lot of noodle dishes.

4. French cuisine:

This is considered to be one of the haute or high quality cuisines of the world. French cooking is of a very high level and most of the gourmet restaurants serve highly professional French food. No French meal is complete without bread, cheese and wine.

5. Japanese cuisine:

One of the most unique cuisines in the world, using only fresh ingredients prepared in a meticulous manner. It is known for its fresh quality. White rice and soya bean are used in abundance. They have much more than just sushi, tofu and noodles!

6. Lebanese cuisine:

This is a mix of Mediterranean and Arabic food. They are unique in the sense that this cuisine uses less of animal meat and more of vegetable dishes, fresh fruits, fresh fish and sea food. They have a huge selection of vegetable dips, salads, pickle and Arabic bread.

7. Indian cuisine:

This is the most vast, diverse and colourful cuisine, because each region in India has different flavours and variety to offer. Varity is offered in the North, South, East or West of the country and is a paradise for food lovers. The spices used in every region are different. The cuisine uses a lot of pulse and vegetables. Meat and sea food are also a major part in various districts. Indian cuisine is more than just curries and is not complete without a sweet.

8. Chinese cuisine:

One of the world’s favourite cuisines after Indian. It is loved for its simplicity, flavour and mouth-watering taste. Chinese include a lot of rice, noodles, vegetables, sauces and lots of seasonings. They eat a variety of meat and sea food. They also boast about their 8 culinary cuisines with different flavours and style.

9. Scottish cuisine:

The only food in the UK that has an identity is the Scottish cuisine. The Scottish make full use of their local produce, whether it is veggies or meat. Raspberries and sea food make most of the cuisine. Haggis, their national dish is a pudding made from sheep’s heart, liver and lungs!

10. Mexican cuisine:

The Mexicans are known for their lavish use of spices. The cuisine has been influenced by the Aztech, Mayan and the Spanish. Burritos, chimichangas, fajitas, tortillas along with plenty of eggs and vegetables, in chilli, chocolate, tomato and cumin flavours are the main Mexican flavouring.

11. Indonesian cuisine:

Regional food varies all over Indonesia as it is an island, but the cuisine is hot, spicy, flavoursome, fresh and extremely aromatic. Rice is the stable food and found with all curries. Peanut is used widely as a tropical fruit. The cuisine is influenced by the Spanish and Dutch, while the Sumatran side is influenced by the Indian cuisine.

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Benefits of eating watermelon

What makes watermelon a cool fruit?

Apart from being delicious, watermelons are a great summer fruit you can enjoy to beat the heat. They also have some amazing health benefits which are as follows:

6 Amazing health benefits of watermelon

1. Hydration :-

Watermelon has a 92% of water content. This makes it hydrating and helps you feel full.

2. Nutrients :-

Watermelon contains, vitamin A, E, C, Lycopene which gives a red colour and is linked to many health benefits. Watermelon is a low-calorie fruit high in some nutrients, especially carotenoids, vitamin C and cucurbitacin E.

3. Potential to prevent cancer :-

Some compounds in watermelon, including cucurbitacin E and lycopene, have been studied for their potential to prevent cancer.

4. Good heart health :-

Watermelon has several heart-healthy components, including lycopene, citrulline and other vitamins and minerals.

5. Good skin and hair :-

Several nutrients in watermelon are good for hair and skin. while others protect against sunburn.

6. Healthy digestion :-

Fibre and water are important for healthy digestion. Watermelon contains both.

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Facts about Africa http://mocomi.com/facts-about-africa/ http://mocomi.com/facts-about-africa/#comments Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:43:28 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=95130 Where is Africa located? The continent of Africa is the world’s second largest continent. Africa is located to the south of Europe and Southwest of Asia and covers all four hemispheres. What was the original name of Africa? According to a popular belief, the name ‘Africa’ comes from the name of a local African tribe […]

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Where is Africa located?

The continent of Africa is the world’s second largest continent. Africa is located to the south of Europe and Southwest of Asia and covers all four hemispheres.

What was the original name of Africa?

According to a popular belief, the name ‘Africa’ comes from the name of a local African tribe called ‘Afrigami’ that lived on the Northern side of the continent.
Africa has a wide variety of geographical features and climate. It has rainforests, grasslands, deserts and a few mountain ranges like the Atlas Mountains.

What is Africa famous for?

  1. Africa is the world’s second largest continent and covers almost one fifth of Earth’s total land area. It is home to more than a billion people and is thus, also the world’s second most populous continent.
  2. The first pre-human fossils were found in Africa.
  3. Famous scientist Charles Darwin suggested that the ancestors of human beings originated on the African continent.
  4. Africa is the hottest continent!
  5. Africa touches Asia at two places and Europe at one place.
  6. The highest point in this continent is Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and the lowest point is Lake Asal.
  7. There are 54 countries in the continent. Africa has the maximum number of countries among all other continents.
  8. More than 1,000 languages are spoken in Africa. Arabic is the most common language spoken in this continent.
  9. Sudan is the largest country in Africa.
  10. Seychelles is the smallest country in the continent.
  11. Nigeria is the most populated country in Africa.
  12. Lake Victoria is the largest lake in the African continent.
  13. The continent of Africa has the world’s longest river, Nile and the world’s largest desert, Sahara.
  14. Victoria Falls holds the repute of being the largest waterfall in the African continent.
  15. Most of the people follow Islam religion in Africa.
  16. African continent is very rich in wild life including penguins, lions, seals, gorillas, giraffe, hippos and crocodiles. African elephant, the world’s largest land animal that weighs more than 6 tons, is also found in Africa. World’s tallest animal—giraffe and world’s fastest animal— cheetah, are both found here.
  17. Africa is an underdeveloped continent and also known as the poorest of all of the continents.
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Types of Fruits

What are fruits?

The seed bearing structure in flowering plants or angiosperms formed from the ovary after flowering is called a fruit. They are fleshy structures associated with seeds. Fruits can be sweet or sour to taste. They are edible in raw state. There are different types of fruits such as apple, banana, guava, mango, grapes and others. Some fruits are available throughout the year (Example: Banana) and others are found in respective seasons (Example: Mango is available during summer). However, it must be noted, that in botany the term fruit includes several structures which are not commonly known as fruits. Some of them are tomatoes, wheat grains, corn kernels and bean pods. The section of a fungus which produces spores is also known as a fruiting body.

What is difference between botanical and culinary fruits?

In botany, any ripened ovary or carpel which contains seeds is called fruit. Here, nut is considered as a type of fruit. It is not a seed. Ripened ovule is a seed. Whereas, in culinary terminology, any sweet tasting plant part is said to be a fruit.

Classification of fruits

Fruits are classified into different groups:

What is a simple fruit?

Simple fruits can be dry or fleshy in nature. They are produced from the ripening of a simple or compound ovary in a flower containing one pistil. There are two kinds of dry fruits. They are dehiscent and indehiscent. The difference between these fruits is that, the former open to discharge seeds and the latter do not. Epigynous berries, cranberries and blueberries are few examples of simple fruits.

What is a multiple fruits?

Multiple fruits are formed from clusters of flowers known as inflorescences. Few examples of multiple fruits are osage-orange, pineapple, mulberry, fig, and breadfruit.

What is a accessory fruits?

Accessory fruits could be simple, aggregate, or multiple in nature. They may include more than one pistil and other parts from the same flower, or of many flowers.

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Hagia Sophia – Istanbul, Turkey http://mocomi.com/hagia-sophia-istanbul-turkey/ http://mocomi.com/hagia-sophia-istanbul-turkey/#comments Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:56:10 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=95103 The Hagia Sophia is a domed monument which was built as a cathedral in Constantinople but later transformed into a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. History of Hagia Sophia It was built in the 6th century A.D. Hagia Sophia means the Church of Holy wisdom. It was built by the Byzantine emperor Justinian the 1st and […]

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The Hagia Sophia is a domed monument which was built as a cathedral in Constantinople but later transformed into a museum in Istanbul, Turkey.

History of Hagia Sophia

It was built in the 6th century A.D. Hagia Sophia means the Church of Holy wisdom. It was built by the Byzantine emperor Justinian the 1st and has been one of the world’s most important structures since. It was built in a short span of just 6 years, very quick for construction during that period of time. Today the Hagia Sophia is a component of the Unesco’s World Heritage site, historic areas of Istanbul.

Hagia Sophia Architecture

The Hagia Sophia contains two floors, and sits on a nave that has a huge dome shaped ceiling on top and is supported by smaller domes above. The structure is known for its strength as it is not built in steel and the design speaks of its uniqueness. In the 1400 years of Hagia Sophia, this structure has served as a cathedral, a mosque and is now a well known museum.

The original construction of Hagia Sophia was inspired by a Pagan temple. But it got destroyed in a fire created by riots. Later it was rebuilt and enlarged by the Roman emperor. This church was burnt again during the Nika insurrection, another riot. A new Hagia Sophia was built, although an earthquake had caused partial damage to the dome. It was restored again in the 14th century and served as a cathedral for more than a millennium. It was later looted by the Venetians and crusaders. After the Turkish conquest, Mehmed II had the Hagia Sophia turn into a mosque. He added the minarat (A slender tower, typically part of a mosque) for prayers, a chandelier, and a mihrab (A niche in the wall of a mosque towards which the congregation faces to pray).

3 Interesting Facts About Hagia Sophia

  1. Hagia Sophia is not only famous for its history but also its beautiful mosaics which art historians consider as the main source of knowledge.
  2. The mosaics contain images of the imperial family, Christ and different emperors. The Apse mosaic, one of the largest inside the Hagia Sophia contains the image of the Virgin Mary carrying baby Jesus. This mosaic is 13 feet tall. Each emperor that ruled the region over the years added one of his own mosaic to the Hagia Sophia.
  3. The building was secularised by the Government of Turkey in 1934 and in 1935 the Hagia Sophia was turned into a museum. Research, repair and restoration work continues till day at the Hagia Sophia.
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15 Fun facts about Owls

  1. The wide eyed, round faced raptors- Owls are mysterious creatures. Famous for being night birds, owls are one of the most interesting living creatures.
  2. There are as many as 200 species of owls around the world! Most of them are found in Asia while 19 are found in the US and Canada.
  3. Many owls have asymmetrical ears. Their ears are located at different heights on their heads, so it makes it easier for them to comprehend the location of multiple sounds.
  4. Owls are found in different kinds of habitat, except in Antarctica. They are mostly found in forested regions.
  5. Have you noticed how wide an owl’s eyes are? Owls actually don’t have eyeballs. Their eyes are long and shaped more like a tube, which restricts them from moving them in their sockets. Owls have binocular vision to help them focus on their prey, perceive the depth and then swoop on it. Their close vision is not as clear which makes them farsighted.
  6. Owls can rotate their necks at 270 degrees, 135 degrees on either side.
  7. An owl has 3 eyelids- one for blinking, one for sleeping and one for keeping its eyes clean.
  8. Owls are carnivores. They eat rodents, small and medium sized mammals, insects, fish, and other birds. Sometimes they even eat smaller owls!
  9. Owls have zygodactyls feet, this means two toes point front and two point backwards. All toes have sharp, hooked claws known as talons. These give them easy grip and a powerful grasp.
  10. Female owls are larger, heavier and more aggressive than the males. They are also more richly coloured and have a higher voice.
  11. Not all species of owls are nocturnal. Many times you might just spot an owl in the day peeping out from its home on the tree. When there is a shortage of food, owls may hunt at anytime during the day.
  12. The Elf Owl which is only 5-6 inch tall is the tiniest owl in the world. The Great Gray Owl which is 32 inch tall is the largest of all owls.
  13. The colour of an owl’s feather helps him camouflage or mix with the environment.
  14. Owls have broad wings and very light bodies which makes them silent fliers.
  15. All species of Owls do not hoot. They make other sounds like screeching, whistling, growling, rattling, even barking and hissing.

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Can Penguins fly? http://mocomi.com/can-penguins-fly/ http://mocomi.com/can-penguins-fly/#comments Sat, 15 Apr 2017 12:18:12 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=86337 Have you ever seen a flying Penguin? The way they flap their “wings” and run around is adorable. And yet, in spite of all the flapping around, they never seem to get off the ground and fly. Do you ever wonder why that’s the case? Why can’t these adorable birds fly? A lot of research […]

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Can Penguins fly?

Have you ever seen a flying Penguin?

The way they flap their “wings” and run around is adorable. And yet, in spite of all the flapping around, they never seem to get off the ground and fly. Do you ever wonder why that’s the case? Why can’t these adorable birds fly? A lot of research has gone into answering this question.

And here’s what the research says,

The penguin is a bird species that is highly specialized for its native environment, which includes the coasts of Antarctica, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, South America, and the Galapagos Islands. There, being able to swim to catch fish is more useful than flying.

Firstly, do Penguins have Wings?

Yes and no. Penguins have wing-like flippers. These tapered, flattened flippers are covered with short, scale-like feathers. Typical wings are too flexible, and hence, ill-suited for swimming. Water being denser than air, penguin wings are shorter and stouter than the wings of flying birds.

Why do Penguins have Wings if they can’t Fly?

As mentioned before, penguin wings are actually flippers that are perfectly adapted for swimming. They are narrow and hard and help propel and steer penguins through the water. So it’s these “wings” that make penguins such expert swimmers.

Why can’t Penguins fly?

A Study of the Evolution of Penguins reveals more,
As penguins evolved, their wings adapted to becoming more efficient while swimming and diving (to catch their food). This meant that flying now required more and more energy. At some point, this trade-off meant that flying consumed too much energy. Hence, instead of sustaining flight, becoming flightless was by far a better option for penguins. This also means that penguins today have heavier bones, more suited to grounded birds.

Thus, the penguins that can dive as deep as 1,850 feet in search of fish, squid and tiny crustaceans called krill are awkward on land – waddling across the ice or sliding on their bellies.

Scientists have concluded that a wing that is good for flying cannot also be good for diving and swimming in other words, a bird that is a good swimmer cannot excel at flying.

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Jaguar Facts and Information http://mocomi.com/jaguar-facts/ http://mocomi.com/jaguar-facts/#comments Fri, 14 Apr 2017 10:19:10 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=95077 The word ‘Jaguar’ originated probably from the Amazonian trade language ‘Tupinambá’. The scientific name of Jaguar is ‘Panthera onca’. It is considered as the third largest feline (after tiger and lion) in the world and the largest in America. It is found in southwestern part of U.S, Mexico, south to Paraguay and northern Argentina. Jaguars […]

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Jaguar Facts and Information

The word ‘Jaguar’ originated probably from the Amazonian trade language ‘Tupinambá’. The scientific name of Jaguar is ‘Panthera onca’. It is considered as the third largest feline (after tiger and lion) in the world and the largest in America. It is found in southwestern part of U.S, Mexico, south to Paraguay and northern Argentina. Jaguars are descendants of Old World cats. It is believed that jaguar and spotted leopard (its closest relative) had common ancestor in Asia. The forerunners of modern jaguars crossed Beringia in early Pleistocene era and gradually moved to America. It is the largest cat in the new world.

Characteristics of Jaguar

Jaguar is a compact and well muscled animal. It varies in size and weight. The base coat of the animal is usually tawny yellow. However, colours such as reddish – brown and black are also found. The ventral areas are white in colour. It has rosettes which may include one or several dots of varying shapes. Jaguar possesses solid spots on head, neck and tail.

What does the Jaguar eat?

Jaguar is the largest carnivorous mammal found in Central and South America. Its regular diet includes adult caimans, capybaras, deer, tapirs, peccaries, zorros, dogs and anacondas. Among small species, it eats mice, frogs, birds, sloths, turtles, fish and monkeys. It also consumes roots of Banisteriopsis caapi. Jaguar takes larger prey, generally over 22kg (49lb).

Jaguar – The apex predator

An adult jaguar is known to be the apex predator. It lies at the top of food chain and is not preyed on in forest. It is also called keystone species as it maintains the structural integrity of forest system. However, all scientists have not accepted the keystone species hypothesis.

Difference between Jaguar and Leopard

Jaguar is sturdier and heavier. The animal possesses few but large and dark rosettes with thick lines and small spots in the middle. These are absent in leopard. Besides, jaguar’s head is round in shape and it has short and stockier limbs.

Why are Jaguars endangered?

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has declared Jaguar as an endangered species. According to a study done by the Wildlife Conservation Society, jaguar has lost thirty seven percent of its historic range. Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, the world’s first wilderness reserve to protect and study Jaguars was established at Belize in the year 1990.

4 Interesting facts about Jaguars

  1. Jaguar is the national animal of Guyana.
  2. They sleep on tree branches.
  3. Jaguars are good swimmers.
  4. They can see well in dark.
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Why do we say “in” a movie but “on” a TV show?

Em: Emma, did you see Johnny Depp on Alice through the looking glass? I found the movie very interesting.
Emma: Yes it was good. But Johnny Depp was ‘in’ the movie not ‘on’.
Em: Really? I thought it was ‘on’ like ‘on’ television.
Emma: No silly. A movie is like a book. You can be ‘in’ a book or ‘in’ a movie. A television is a physical object and you can be ‘on’ a television.
Em: Haha! Am I sitting ‘on’ the television?
Emma: Very funny! When you are watching television, you are watching pictures displayed ‘on’ the television screen. But a movie is not an object. It is a collection of information or a story and the characters are all ‘in’ a movie.
Reason: That’s right. It all started before the invention of movies or television. People used to act in plays, on a stage- Stage plays. Another reason can be that television shows are ongoing but movies are not. Thus, you are ‘on’ an ongoing television show but you are ‘in’ a movie.
Em: Huh! Now I am confused as to what is going ‘on’ ‘in’ my mind!

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Where is the Sahara desert located?

Sahara is an Arabic word for desert. The Sahara Desert is the most expansive, hot and largest desert on Earth. It is located in Northern Africa nestled between the Mediterranean Sea in the North, the Atlantic Ocean in the West and the Red Sea in the East. To the South of Sahara is the Sahel region, in between the desert and the African Savanna. The Sahara covers a large section of eleven different countries that include Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Western Sahara, Mali, Niger, Mauritania, Chad and Sudan. The Sahara desert is more than 16 times of France!

Climate in the Sahara desert

The climate of the Sahara is consistently hot. The average temperature is 38 to 46 degree Celsius. It is hot, dry and windy throughput the year. However, nights can be cold, even freezing. The Sahara hardly experiences any rains. Regions in Sahara can have almost no drops of water. Thus, it makes it difficult for life forms to exist.

Landscapes of the Sahara desert

The Sahara’s landscape not only includes sand dunes but also mountains, plateaus, extinct volcanoes and oasis depressions. The dunes take varied forms and can be star, crescent or dome shaped. There is sparse grassland in some parts of the desert. Most of the streams and rivers in Sahara are seasonal. The Nile River however is an exception, and crosses the Sahara, then empties into the Mediterranean Sea.

What kind of animals live in the Sahara desert?

The Sahara is home to animal species that can sustain extremely warm conditions. While the most common desert animal, the camel is domesticated in Sahara, other mammals and reptiles found are: spotted hyena, jackal, Barbary sheep, oryx, ostrich, raptor, cobra, chameleon, various lizards, scorpions, numerous ants and beetles.

What plants grow in the Sahara desert?

Plants are also sparse due to lack of water but do grow near oasis and reservoirs. Date palms, tamarisks, acacia whose roots can grow deep down into the earth for water can sustain such a hot climate. Cactus is a common desert plant, though most regions in the Sahara go barren.

3 Interesting facts about Sahara desert

  1. Though the Sahara is spread across 11 countries, it is home to only 2 million people.
  2. Almost 4000 years ago Sahara used to be a fertile land growing millets and grains in many parts. But, due to the change in the tilt of the Earth’s orbit, it began to dry up and became a desert.
  3. Only 30% of the desert is sand and 70% is gravel.

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If you own land, how far above and below do you own? http://mocomi.com/if-you-own-land-how-far-above-and-below-do-you-own/ http://mocomi.com/if-you-own-land-how-far-above-and-below-do-you-own/#comments Tue, 11 Apr 2017 13:25:52 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94957 When you buy a piece of land, it is of common understanding that you are given unrestricted access to a predetermined amount of land. But how much of that land do you own? Do you own the sky above it? How about the land below it? “Cuius est solum, eius est usque ad coelum et […]

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If you own land, how far above and below do you own?

When you buy a piece of land, it is of common understanding that you are given unrestricted access to a predetermined amount of land.

But how much of that land do you own? Do you own the sky above it? How about the land below it?

“Cuius est solum, eius est usque ad coelum et ad inferos”  A Latin maxim which is considered to be a traditional starting point to the property law states, “whoever owns the soil, holds title all the way up to the heavens and down to the depths of hell“.

So yes, historically, if you owned a piece of land, you owned everything, both above and below the soil from the deepest reaches of the Earth right up to the heavens themselves.

What is land ownership?

But property laws today have come a long way. Now, they vary from country to country.
As a property owner, one only has a right to the airspace above their land located in lower stratum, the precise boundaries for which is still up for debate.

For example, one can’t ask commercial planes to stop flying over their house, because the sky is considered to be a public highway. At the same time, there have been cases where trespassers have been fined to use the airspace above one’s house.

The most famous case of this kind comes from 1945 when a chicken farmer sued the US government for flying approximately 83 feet above his property. The noise of the airplane caused a bunch of his chickens to accidentally kill themselves by running into walls. The farmer won his case and the court agreed that although a property owner wasn’t entitled to own all the air above their land, they were entitled to own enough so that planes flying overhead wouldn’t kill their chickens.

And what about the earth below our land?

Just like the airspace, this varies. This depends upon, whether one has mineral rights along with ownership of land.

For example, if a home-owner finds out that there is a huge deposit of gas under their home but they don’t have any mineral right under their land then they can stake no claim over the gas deposit.

So, one can say if you own a piece of land, you may own more than you’d expect, but in a lot of cases, perhaps lesser than you might wish.

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Hampi, Karnataka http://mocomi.com/hampi-karnataka/ http://mocomi.com/hampi-karnataka/#comments Mon, 10 Apr 2017 12:17:16 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94967 Hampi: The historical city of Karnataka The magnificent ruins that you see behind me are that of the village and temple town Hampi in Karnataka, India. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and has been on travellers’ bucket lists for many years. History of Hampi Hampi got its name from the Tungabhadra River, on […]

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Hampi: The historical city of Karnataka

The magnificent ruins that you see behind me are that of the village and temple town Hampi in Karnataka, India. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and has been on travellers’ bucket lists for many years.

History of Hampi

Hampi got its name from the Tungabhadra River, on the banks of which lay the Vijaynagar Empire. Hampi was the capital of this wealthy and grand Empire. Hampi was ruled by four dynasties from 1336 to 1565. These were Sangama, Saluva,Tuluva and Aravidu. The rulers of these dynasties built more than 500 monuments which are present even today. Hampi was a trade center as it was the capital. Trade for cotton, spices, horses and gem stones were at its peak. Rubies and diamonds were sold on the streets whereas gold and silver coins were used for trading. The architecture and grandeur of Hampi was admired by travellers like the Arabs, Portugese and Italians. It was a rich town until in 1565 when Hampi was looted by armies of Muslim rulers as the city was in constant conflict with them.

6 Facts about Hampi

  1. The village of Hampi is like an open museum adorned with beautiful architecture, most of which are religious buildings apart from Civil and Military ones.
  2. The Virupaksha temple is the most prominent and visited building in Hampi. It is believed that Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati in this very temple.
  3. The Lotus Palace, Hazara Rama Temple and the Lakshmi Narasimha Temple still have beautiful Vijaynagar architectural designs and are worth a visit.
  4. Hampi is also famous for conducting the festival of Purandaradasa Aradhna, celebrated to honour the poet Purandaradasa.
  5. People also flock to the banks of the Tungabhadra River which is very famous with travel photographers as well.
  6. There is also a long line of Elephant stables, each having different tombs. It is where the Royal elephants of Vijaynagar would rest.

I am having a great time here, as I feel I am a part of this grand empire.

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African Folk Tales: Why Anansi has eight thin legs http://mocomi.com/why-anansi-has-eight-thin-legs/ http://mocomi.com/why-anansi-has-eight-thin-legs/#comments Fri, 07 Apr 2017 06:12:12 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94962 For more interesting Indian Folk Tales for kids, go to: Indian Folk Tales Read here 19 Interesting Facts about Spiders.

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African Folk Tales: Why Anansi has eight thin legs


A very long time ago, there lived a spider and his wife in a village. The spider was called Anansi. Though Anansi’s wife was an excellent cook, nevertheless he loved tasting food cooked by others in the village.

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A very long time ago, there lived a spider and his wife in a village. The spider was called Anansi. Though Anansi’s wife was an excellent cook, nevertheless he loved tasting food cooked by others in the village.

One day, while his wife was busy cooking lunch, he went out for a walk. On his way he visited the rabbit’s house. “Oh,the greens in your pot look amazing!” Anansi said staring into the pot in which the rabbit was cooking his food. “Oh, they are almost done; if you wait for a while you can have lunch with me,” the rabbit said. Anansi knew that if he stayed back the rabbit would ask him to help out in the house work. Anansi thought for a while and said, “Actually, I have some work to finish, but I can come back for lunch. I can spin a web and tie one end of it to your pot and the other to one of my legs. As soon as the food is cooked, you can tug on my web and I will come back immediately.” The rabbit liked the idea and agreed to do so.

Anansi started walking again. He could smell the aroma of deliciously cooked beans. “Ah, I can smell beans. They must taste lovely,” Anansi said while stopping at the monkey’s place. The monkey welcomed Anansi and said, “Please come and have some; they will be done in a minute or two.” “Oh thank you, Father Monkey. I will come back soon,” Anansi replied and suggested that he should tie one end of his web to the beans pot and one end around his leg. The monkey agreed to give him a tug. Anansi started walking again.

“Oh,this is the most amazing sweet potato that I have ever smelled! I can also smell honey!” Anansi exclaimed. The hog who was cooking the potatoes offered him some. Anansi suggested the same idea to him and he too agreed to it.

Anansi visited a few more places and, by the time he reached the river, he had one web tied to each of his eight legs.

Anansi was thinking about all the food that he was about to eat when suddenly he felt a tug on one of his legs. “This must be the rabbit,” Anansi said and just when he was about to leave, he felt another tug, and then another one. By now he was being pulled from four different directions. Soon, one by one,h is other four legs also started feeling the pressure of the pulls. The pull continued and he felt the stretch on all his eight legs. The animals continued to pull and Anansi’s legs started stretching, becoming thinner and thinner. Anansi jumped into the river to save himself from the pain. After all the webs were washed out, he slowly climbed out of the river.

“Oh God,this was certainly not a great idea,” Anansi said. Since that day, the spider has had eight thin legs.

Anansi, however, did not manage to get any food that day.

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Oats for breakfast http://mocomi.com/oats-for-breakfast/ http://mocomi.com/oats-for-breakfast/#comments Wed, 05 Apr 2017 12:57:40 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94931 You might feel that oats for breakfast are boring, but they are packed with a lot of nutrients that help you stay mentally and physically active throughout the day. What are the benefits of eating oats? Oats are among the healthiest grains on earth. They’re a gluten-free whole grain and a great source of important […]

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Oats for breakfast

You might feel that oats for breakfast are boring, but they are packed with a lot of nutrients that help you stay mentally and physically active throughout the day.

What are the benefits of eating oats?

  1. Oats are among the healthiest grains on earth. They’re a gluten-free whole grain and a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants.
  2. A cup of oats has 13 grams of fibre. Having it for breakfast can help your brains work actively throughout the day. Health benefits of oats include weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and a reduced risk of heart disease.
  3. Oats contain a large amount of beta-glucan, a type of soluble fibre which has numerous benefits. It promotes healthy gut bacteria and increases feelings of fullness.
  4. You can get creative with your oat meal in the morning by adding some honey, chopped apples, strawberries, sliced bananas or crushed nuts like raisins or cranberries to it. These would increase the nutritional value of the meal and brighten up your day!
  5. You should have oats as often as you can. No need to skip other breakfast options. Though having one cup of oatmeal serving is essential. Having 13 grams of fibre in a day is a healthy habit.
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Bamboo Forest, Japan http://mocomi.com/bamboo-forest-japan/ http://mocomi.com/bamboo-forest-japan/#comments Tue, 04 Apr 2017 10:48:19 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94914 Where is the bamboo forest located? The Sagano Bamboo forest is one of the most attractive natural environments in entire Japan. The forest is 16 sq. Km in area and has been a popular destination for tourists’ right from the noble era, when nobles would come and enjoy this serene beauty. Beauty of Sagano Bamboo […]

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Bamboo Forest, Japan

Where is the bamboo forest located?

The Sagano Bamboo forest is one of the most attractive natural environments in entire Japan. The forest is 16 sq. Km in area and has been a popular destination for tourists’ right from the noble era, when nobles would come and enjoy this serene beauty.

Beauty of Sagano Bamboo Forest

When the wind blows amongst its many bamboo trees, it makes a beautiful, musical sound. This sound has been voted as one of the ‘one hundred must be preserved sounds of Japan’. The bamboo grove has been made accessible for all. There has been made a path that cuts through the grove for making trekking across the forest possible. These tall bamboo tress provide an ideal walking environment and people can come and also stop to look at the temples built within. The bamboo forest paths are often illuminated at night and are frequently used as filming locations for movies and TV serials. There is a railing on the side of the road to enhance the pathway. This railing is made from old, dry and fallen parts of bamboo. Such bamboos are also used to make products like cups, boxes, baskets or mats.

3 Interesting facts about Sagano Bamboo Forest

  1. The forest is planted with a bamboo species called ‘Moso’. These are trees which originated in China and are considered to have unique abilities. It takes only 1 month for a young plant to reach a height of 20 meters. The largest bamboo stalk can grow up to 40 meters in height.
  2. The Japanese believe that the bamboo trees protect them from evil spirits, so they serve as guards for many temples.
  3. The entire forest can be covered in a 20 minute walk. The forest is a cultural treasure and the walk will leave one relaxed and bring one closer to the beauty of nature.

Note: Don’t forget to check out 6 Interesting Facts about Japan.

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Onomatopoeia http://mocomi.com/onomatopoeia/ http://mocomi.com/onomatopoeia/#comments Mon, 03 Apr 2017 09:38:41 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94904 What does “Onomatopoeia” mean? Onomatopoeia is a noun which is generally used for a literary effect. It refers to the formation of a word reflected by a sound made by or associated with its referent. Words such as hiss, boom, buzz, bang, sizzle, cuckoo, meow, quack, woof are examples of onomatopoeia. To read and download […]

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Onomatopoeia

What does “Onomatopoeia” mean?

Onomatopoeia is a noun which is generally used for a literary effect. It refers to the formation of a word reflected by a sound made by or associated with its referent. Words such as hiss, boom, buzz, bang, sizzle, cuckoo, meow, quack, woof are examples of onomatopoeia.

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Seven earth like planets discovered orbiting nearby star! http://mocomi.com/seven-earth-like-planets-discovered-orbiting-nearby-star/ http://mocomi.com/seven-earth-like-planets-discovered-orbiting-nearby-star/#comments Fri, 31 Mar 2017 09:29:10 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94878 Astronomers have long been exploring the outer space world in search for other planets orbiting stars and for life on other planets. Recently an international research team discovered a solar system 40 light years away and it has seven Earth like planets orbiting around a small star. Why is this discovery important? This discovery has […]

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Seven earth like planets discovered orbiting nearby star!

Astronomers have long been exploring the outer space world in search for other planets orbiting stars and for life on other planets. Recently an international research team discovered a solar system 40 light years away and it has seven Earth like planets orbiting around a small star.

Why is this discovery important?

This discovery has thrilled astronomers and has now raised hopes of having life beyond earth. It is the very first time that so many earth size planets have been found and the discovery also suggests that our Milky Way maybe filled with such worlds that in many aspect resemble our very own planet earth.

What suggests there could be life on these planets?

These seven planets orbit around a dwarf star named Trappist 1, which at 39 light years away makes this system a prime object for search of life beyond earth. This star is just marginally larger than Jupiter and shines with a feeble light which is 2000 times fainter than the sun. This makes the star cold and its small size makes the planets orbiting it temperate which means they could have some liquid or water and maybe life. However, the planets are in tight orbits and at that proximity they show only one side to the star. Some of the planets among the seven are thought to be of the right temperature to host oceans of water and have a favourable atmosphere.

So, let us hope to find some life beyond our planet as well!

Read here Exoplanets: Facts and Information.

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Why is w called a double u? http://mocomi.com/why-is-w-called-a-double-u/ http://mocomi.com/why-is-w-called-a-double-u/#comments Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:12:10 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94852 Emma: Hey, there goes Kim..Wohoo (Emma is waving at someone) Em: You mean, Uuhoo (pronounced as yuuhoo) Emma: Err..what? I mean wohoo. Em: That’s what I said..Uuhoo (again pronounced as yuuhoo) Emma: What is wrong with you? Em: What is wrong with “u-u”. I mean, the alphabet “W”. If it is double u, why is […]

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Why is w called a double u?

Emma: Hey, there goes Kim..Wohoo (Emma is waving at someone)
Em: You mean, Uuhoo (pronounced as yuuhoo)
Emma: Err..what? I mean wohoo.
Em: That’s what I said..Uuhoo (again pronounced as yuuhoo)
Emma: What is wrong with you?
Em: What is wrong with “u-u”. I mean, the alphabet “W”. If it is double u, why is it made of two v’s?

Why is the letter “w” called “double u” and not “double v”?

The ancient Roman alphabet did not have a letter “w” or the letter “v”. However, the sound was represented by 2 Us – literally a double “u”.
The English language evolved and gave birth to the letter “w” but it never lost its original name..double u!

Em – And Reason, why are u-u here?
Reason: You mean “W”?
Emma – Both of you, please leave.

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Discovery of cause of disease http://mocomi.com/discovery-of-cause-of-disease/ http://mocomi.com/discovery-of-cause-of-disease/#comments Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:56:38 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94855 How was the cause of disease discovered? It was a commonly believed notion that germs generated spontaneously. Nobody knew what exactly caused a disease. It was only in 1860s that a French chemist, Louis Pasteur began experimenting with bacteria. In one of these experiments he proved that germs can be generated in a controlled environment […]

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Discovery of cause of disease

How was the cause of disease discovered?

It was a commonly believed notion that germs generated spontaneously. Nobody knew what exactly caused a disease. It was only in 1860s that a French chemist, Louis Pasteur began experimenting with bacteria. In one of these experiments he proved that germs can be generated in a controlled environment too. He showed that food went off because of contamination by microbes in the air. He went on to argue that these could cause diseases. His discovery of the cause of disease led to development of antiseptics and changed healthcare forever.

How do you kill germs in food and drink?

Louis Pasteur invented a process to kill germs, which went on to be called Pasteurization.
Due to the urban growth caused by industrialization, the period between production and consumption of milk increased widely. This became one of the crucial source of diseases like tuberculosis. It was the process of pasteurization which finally helped milk to be one of the safest foods.

How is milk pasteurized?

When milk is heated to 72 °C (161 °F) for 15 seconds, it causes the germs in the milk to stop functioning without affecting the nutritional value of the milk.

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High Fibre Foods Benefits http://mocomi.com/high-fibre-foods/ http://mocomi.com/high-fibre-foods/#comments Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:13:00 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94837 What does fibre do for your body? We need fibre to keep things moving in our digestive tract. It helps make us feel full. A daily diet rich in fibre helps prevents us from having constipation problem. They are also good sources of nutrients and vitamins which may help reduce risk of heart disease and […]

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High Fibre Foods Benefits

What does fibre do for your body?

We need fibre to keep things moving in our digestive tract. It helps make us feel full. A daily diet rich in fibre helps prevents us from having constipation problem. They are also good sources of nutrients and vitamins which may help reduce risk of heart disease and certain type of cancer and obesity.

What are good sources of fibre?

  • Whole-grain breads and cereals
  • Fruits like apples, oranges, bananas, berries, prunes, and pears
  • Vegetables like green peas, broccoli, spinach, and artichokes
  • Legumes (split peas, soy, lentils, etc.)
  • Almonds

How much fibre should kids get?

  • Toddlers (1-3 years old) should get 19 grams of fiber each day.
  • Kids 4-8 years old should get 25 grams a day.
  • Older girls (9-13) and teen girls (14-18) should get 26 grams of fiber a day.
  • Older boys (9-13) should get 31 grams and teen boys (14-18) should get 38 grams per day.

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Mullah Nasruddin: Milk for the Maula


Here’s another hilarious Mulla Nasruddin story.

One day Mulla Nasruddin was going somewhere when he met a man who was carrying a large milk can. The man wished Mulla Nasruddin and said, “Mullaaji, I have a problem. Would you be kind enough to provide me ......


Here’s another hilarious Mulla Nasruddin story.

One day Mulla Nasruddin was going somewhere when he met a man who was carrying a large milk can. The man wished Mulla Nasruddin and said, “Mullaaji, I have a problem. Would you be kind enough to provide me a solution?” Mullaa Nasruddin willingly consented to hear him out as he was eyeing his big container of milk.

The man said, “Whenever I get up in the morning, I feel intoxicated. My head spins around and I feel as if I have a hangover. I don’t understand what could be the problem.”

Mullaa Nasruddin asked, “Hmm! This is a serious problem, indeed! Let me think. What do you generally eat or drink before you go to sleep?”

The man said, “I drink a big glass of milk.”

The Mullaa said, “Now, I have found your problem! The milk that you drink in the night causes the intoxication.”

The gullible man asked, “How is that, Mullaaji?”

Mullaa explained to him, “You drink milk before sleeping. In your sleep, when you toss in your bed, the milk gets churned. It turns into butter. When butter gets churned, it turns into fat. Fat gets churned, it turns into sugar. Then the sugar gets churned and turns into alcohol. So, finally you wake up with alcohol in your stomach in the morning, and that is why you feel intoxicated.”

“So what do I do?” asked the man in simplicity.

The clever Mullaa said, “The solution of your problem is very simple. Don’t drink milk! Here, give it to me.” Mullaa took away the milk can from the man and walked away from there.

The poor man stood there bewildered.

For more interesting Mullah Nasruddin Stories, go to: Mullah Nasruddin Stories.

For other interesting stories for kids, go to: Stories for Kids.

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Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

Hello friends! The picturesque castle you see behind me is the Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland, one of the most photographed castles in the country!

History behind the island of Donan

Eilean Donan means ‘the island of Donan’. The small island and castle of Donan is named after a 7th century Irish priest, Donan of Eigg, who was killed on the nearby island of Eigg. Donan, the priest, had travelled to the West coast of Scotland to try and convert the pagan inhabitants into Christianity. Though there is no evidence as to how Donan was killed, he is traditionally said to be buried in Kildonan on Arran. The island was fortified before written records existed. It was Alexander III who gave the castle to the Mackenzies. The struggle for controlling the island and the castle went on between the Mackenzies and the Earl of Ross for decades but in the end the Mackenzies gained control over it all. It was after 200 years that John Macrae-Gilstrap (descendent to the Macraes who acted as constables to the Mackenzie) restored the castle and rebuilt the beautiful bridge that linked the castle to the shore.

Inside Eilean Donan Castle and visitor centre

There is a huge parking area and a modern visitor centre on the shore as this castle is a famous tourist attraction. Inside the rooms of the castle one can find period furniture, Jacobean artefacts, displays of weapons and fine arts. There are informed guides who can give you a thorough tour of the castle.
The castle also has fun filled attractions for children. You can swing a Claymore, spy through the spy holes, lift cannon balls, explore the ancient battlements or have fun with the surrounding wildlife with regular viewings of porpoise, dolphins, otters and numerous species of birds.

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Oxygen Cycle Steps http://mocomi.com/the-oxygen-cycle/ http://mocomi.com/the-oxygen-cycle/#comments Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:10:39 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=86941 You know that oxygen is a must for life. Oxygen gas makes up about 30% of the earth and about 21% of the air in the earth’s atmosphere. It is also the most common element of the human body. It makes up about 65% of the mass of the human body. What is the oxygen […]

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Oxygen Cycle Steps

You know that oxygen is a must for life. Oxygen gas makes up about 30% of the earth and about 21% of the air in the earth’s atmosphere. It is also the most common element of the human body. It makes up about 65% of the mass of the human body.

What is the oxygen cycle?

Oxygen is constantly used and created by different processes on planet Earth. All these processes together make up the oxygen cycle. The oxygen cycle is thus a biogeochemical cycle that describes the movement of oxygen within the earth’s three main reservoirs – the lithosphere (land), the hydrosphere (water), and the atmosphere (air), which make up the earth’s biosphere.

We now know that the oxygen cycle is a process by which oxygen is generated and used. What are these processes?

Oxygen is Produced by :

1. Plants – Plants produce oxygen via photosynthesis.
2. Sunlight – Some oxygen is produced when sunlight reacts with water vapour in the atmosphere.

Oxygen is used up in :

  • Respiration – All organisms use oxygen for respiration.
  • Decomposing – When plants and animals die, they decompose. This process uses up oxygen and releases carbon di oxide into the air.
  • Rusting – Also called oxidation, this process causes metals to rust. Also a process which uses up oxygen.
  • Combustion – The process by which fire is generated also requires oxygen, along with heat and fuel. This process also uses up oxygen and releases carbon di oxide into the atmosphere.

How the Oxygen Cycle takes place

It starts, of course, with plants and photosynthesis.

1. Photosynthesis :–

  • During the day, plants take energy from the sun, carbon di oxide from the air, and water from the soil to make their food. Their food is simple – glucose. This process is called photosynthesis. Oxygen is released into the air as a by-product of photosynthesis.
  • During the night, plants take in oxygen and release carbon di oxide, to maintain their metabolism. Which is why it is not a good idea to sleep under trees at night.

2. Respiration :–

  • The oxygen that is released by plants is used by humans, animals, and other organisms for respiration, i.e. breathing. We use oxygen to break down simple sugars and generate energy to sustain ourselves. During respiration, organisms take in oxygen and release carbon di oxide into the air.

3. Repeat :–

  • This carbon di oxide is again, taken up by plants, for photosynthesis.
  • Thus, we see that our life force is generated chiefly by plants. Which is why it is super important to preserve plant life on earth.

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What does “Redolent” mean?

Redolent is an English word which is used as an adjective and is derived from the Latin verb olēre, meaning “to smell”. It is used in the context of a fragrance which connects one to an emotional memory. It is also used to describe a place or a person exuding an odor or a scent.

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Energy efficient light bulbs for better living!

Despite all technological advances the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries continue to grow and will continue to almost 35 percent by the year 2020. Commercial and residential energy use is the second most rapidly growing area of global energy; not far behind transport. Households consume 29 percent of global energy thus resulting in 21 percent of all CO2 emissions.

Why are energy efficient light bulbs better?

If people worldwide switched to energy efficient light bulbs the world would save US$120 billion annually. Energy efficient bulbs use 25 to 80 percent less energy than traditional incandescent, thus saving lot of money as well as energy. They also last at least 25 times longer. Less cost and better durability would help save a lot of money and thus improve standard of living. The wasted heat generated by incandescent bulbs can increase your home cooling cost and will require you to pay more for lighting your house of office. Changing to energy efficient bulbs can add up to sustainable savings every year in addition to helping the environment.

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Why do we like something?

What you like and what you don’t like?

  • We like something because we get a certain amount of pleasure and happiness from it.
  • We like something based on how we see, hear or feel it and what we believe that thing to be
  • If you see shrimp as a slimy yucky sea creature, you won’t like to eat it.
  • But if you see shrimp as a tasty delicacy, you will like to eat it for sure!
  • Our likes and dislikes are initially shaped by our parent’s likes and dislikes.

It is a psychological function!

Liking something is a psychological function which is associated to many conditions like:

Familiarity:

You tend to like something that is familiar to you

Reference:

You tend to like something because you have liked something in reference to it before.

Association:

You might like something because you associate it with a good memory but are unaware of it.

Now, let’s see why do some people like somethings which other people don’t?

Why do some people like scary or tragic movies?

Because they feel it will help them prepare to deal with pain and fear later in life.

Why do some people like spicy food?

It is because of the delicious moment of escape it provides when the heat subsides.

Why do we like something a lot and then after a few years don’t like it at all?

Sometimes we get very attached to something because of the memories associated with it, but as we grow older it becomes less important to us.

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Epcot Theme Park, Orlando, Florida http://mocomi.com/epcot-theme-park/ http://mocomi.com/epcot-theme-park/#comments Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:27:17 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94764 Hello friends, today I am at a magical world to have some fun. The place you see behind me is the famous Walt Disney theme park in Florida named- Epcot. History of Epcot Epcot is an acronym of Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, a utopian city. Originally Epcot was supposed to be a test city […]

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Hello friends, today I am at a magical world to have some fun. The place you see behind me is the famous Walt Disney theme park in Florida named- Epcot.

History of Epcot

Epcot is an acronym of Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, a utopian city. Originally Epcot was supposed to be a test city model with home to twenty thousand residents. But this vision of Walt Disney never came true and after his death the officials decided to take this park into a different direction. The theme park opened in 1982 and consisted of Future World and World Showcases. Future World was dedicated to new technology that was being developed.  World Showcase was developed to be a separate park that showed the customs and cultures of other countries.  The park was not known as we know it today until 1996, when the park was officially rebranded Epcot. The attractions inside the park keep changing according to changes in technology.

What are the various parts of Epcot?

The Park consists of Future World and World Showcases.

Epcot Future World

Future world is technology based and has innovative aspects. The enormous metal sphere you see behind me is the main attraction here and is called the Spaceship Earth. It is a time machine ride through the history of human beings from cave-dwelling times to modern day. Innovations provide several rooms full of frequently-updated new technology and machinery to play with and learn about.

Epcot World Showcase

The World Showcase pavilions are a series of 11 sections each is designed to represent the customs, décor and cuisine of different countries. There is a Norway pavilion, American Pavilion, Japanese Pavilion and many more selling various cuisines from different regions of the world. There is an American Adventure which is a theatre-like exhibition of the past 200 years of America, narrated by Ben Franklin and Mark Twain.

Epcot center attractions

Epcot is an amalgamation of the festivities of the world’s culture and selection of 3d and laser shows. The attractions range from one of the fastest Disney attractions to gentle boat rides, from a thrilling hang-gliding experience to interactive play areas which are fun and imaginative for kids. The park offers live shows, concerts, character meet and greets; acrobats, fireworks, musicians, mimes, dancers, drummers, and comedians. There are also special events on holidays and festivals.

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What are the benefits of eggs?

Why eggs are good for you?

Eggs are considered to be “Super food”. Why? Because they are loaded with nutrients and are so easily available.

Health benefits of eggs

Proteins: Eggs have full array of amino acids and is considered the most perfect protein. Amino acids are important for healthy immune system, metabolism and lean body tissue development.

Omega 3 fatty acid: Eggs contain Omega-3 fatty acid which help develop our brain and our cognitive memory.

Lutein and Zeaxanthin: The essential dietary component, Lutein and Zeaxanthin sharpen our vision. Our body does not create these components on its own. The yolk in the eggs are rich resource for this.

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What does “sluggish” mean?

There are somedays when you just don’t feel like doing anything. There is homework and some study awaiting you but you just cannot bring yourself to do it. It is those days when you feel “sluggish”. Used as an adjective, it means moving slowly or being inactive.

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Why is junk food unhealthy? http://mocomi.com/why-is-junk-food-unhealthy/ http://mocomi.com/why-is-junk-food-unhealthy/#comments Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:30:03 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94562 Bumbley – A dollop of ice-cream, a piece of chocolate, pizza, macaroni and cheese! Ooh how I love fooood. Coley – That is not food. That is junk food! And you know that junk food is unhealthy, right? Bumbley – I know, I know. But why? I mean how can something that tastes so good, […]

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Why is junk food unhealthy?

Bumbley – A dollop of ice-cream, a piece of chocolate, pizza, macaroni and cheese! Ooh how I love fooood.
Coley – That is not food. That is junk food! And you know that junk food is unhealthy, right?
Bumbley – I know, I know. But why? I mean how can something that tastes so good, be so bad for us?
Coley – It is quite simple Bumbley. We need food to supply us with nutrients. Nutrients which are used to build our body and fuel it.
Bumbley– Why can’t junk food do that for us?
Coley – Because junk food doesn’t have enough nutrients in it. It does not give you energy to play or stay strong.
Bumbley – I don’t mind not playing if I can have an extra burger.
Coley – Really? No play for a burger?
Bumbley – Actually, I won’t mind both. Play and junk food.
Coley – You can have both. You can have your burger if you eat fruits too. That way you are giving your body enough nourishment too.
Bumbley – I am sleepy now.
Coley – Oh, yes. Junk food makes you sleepy and tired too. You can sleep if you want. I am gonna go and play basketball.
Bumbley – Hey, wait for me! I promise, I will eat fruits and veggies too. Because I wanna play and have fun!

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Why is ‘abbreviation’ such a long word? http://mocomi.com/why-is-abbreviation-such-a-long-word/ http://mocomi.com/why-is-abbreviation-such-a-long-word/#comments Thu, 16 Mar 2017 09:04:31 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94698 Abbreviation: Origin and History Em: Emma, I was wondering, how come abbreviation is such a long word? Emma: Because “Abbreviation” is not an abbreviation, Em. Em: Ha ha very funny. I’m sure there is more to it than that. Emma: Actually I did read something about the origin of the word being fairly short. It […]

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Abbreviation: Origin and History

Em: Emma, I was wondering, how come abbreviation is such a long word?
Emma: Because “Abbreviation” is not an abbreviation, Em.
Em: Ha ha very funny. I’m sure there is more to it than that.
Emma: Actually I did read something about the origin of the word being fairly short. It started with “brevis” which is Latin for “short” and also the root of “brief”
Em: Then how did it get sooo long?
Reason: “Ab” was added to “breviare” to make it “abbreviare”, a verb meaning “to shorten”; then it got converted to a noun by adding “-ionem” at the end becoming “abbreviationem” which means “something that has been shortened”. Then the “em” was removed and voila!
Em: That explanation was way too long for the word abbreviation.
Reason: NO popcorn for you.

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Matamata Town, New Zealand http://mocomi.com/matamata-town/ http://mocomi.com/matamata-town/#comments Wed, 15 Mar 2017 06:45:22 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94684 Matamata: The Real Hobbit Village Hi children! I am at the beautiful Matamata town in New Zealand today. It is known for its industries, dairy farming heritage, historic firth tower museum and the real life Hobbit movie set! History of Matamata Matamata is a small agricultural town located at the base of the Kaimai ranges, […]

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Matamata: The Real Hobbit Village

Hi children! I am at the beautiful Matamata town in New Zealand today. It is known for its industries, dairy farming heritage, historic firth tower museum and the real life Hobbit movie set!

History of Matamata

Matamata is a small agricultural town located at the base of the Kaimai ranges, in the heart of Waikato region and is a part of the Matamata Piako district. Phiilip Tapsell was the first European to have visited this town in 1830. The town was shut around 1835 when an intertribal warfare broke out. In 1865 Josia Firth leased a large area of the town and constructed a dray road to Cambridge and cleared the Waihou River so that his small boats could pass. His estates later failed and were divided into dairy farm units. It became an independent town district only in 1919. In 1989, Matamata became a part of the Matamata- Piako district.

5 Things you need to know about Matamata

Some of the must visit attractions in this beautiful town are as follows:

  1. The Hobbiton Movie Set- This is the Matamata’s main attraction from the film industry after the Alexander Brother’s farm became the Shire in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
  2. The Alexander’s have made their region into a traditional New Zealand sheep and beef farm. This is the permanent set in the Hobbit movie trilogy.
  3. Firth Tower Museum- This gives an insight into the town’s history and is worth visiting with its beautiful parks and surrounding.
  4. Wairere falls- Set amidst the natural scenery this hidden gem is 153 meter high and is a perfect place for clicking lovely pictures!
  5. Opal hot springs- This is right next to the town’s golf course and one can soak a swim in the naturally hot waters.

The town has a number of places to stay and also offers a variety of food and dining options.

Ever wondered what does “Hobbit” mean?

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Susurrous http://mocomi.com/susurrous/ http://mocomi.com/susurrous/#comments Tue, 14 Mar 2017 08:43:21 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94665 What does “Susurrous” mean? Have you ever struggled for a word to describe a sound? A sound which is soothing or comforting? Susurrous is a word for one such sound. Pronounced as Suu-suh-rus, it means emitting a whispering or rustling sound. It stems from the Latin word susurrare and is used as an adjective. It […]

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What does “Susurrous” mean?

Have you ever struggled for a word to describe a sound? A sound which is soothing or comforting? Susurrous is a word for one such sound. Pronounced as Suu-suh-rus, it means emitting a whispering or rustling sound. It stems from the Latin word susurrare and is used as an adjective. It is always used in a positive context unlike ‘hissing’.

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The Discovery of Oxygen

When did we discover we needed oxygen for respiration?

We can’t live without oxygen…literally. Of course, everybody knows that. However, that wasn’t the case in the mid-1700s. People were unaware of a substance called “oxygen” that supported respiration.

Who discovered oxygen?

“Oxygen” was discovered almost simultaneously in three parts of the world. So, there is a lot of contention regarding who discovered it first. The major credit though goes to Joseph Priestley as he was the first one to publish his findings.

Here is the series of events that let the discovery of “oxygen” as we know it now.

Timeline of discovery of oxygen

In 1972 Carl W. Scheele from Sweden heated several compounds including potassium nitrate, manganese oxide, and mercury oxide and found they released a gas which enhanced combustion. He called this gas “fire air,” but did not publish his findings.

How was oxygen discovered as an element?

Then, in 1974 Joseph Priestly, an English chemist, independently conducted an experiment using a 12-inch-wide glass “burning lens,” with which he focused sunlight on a lump of reddish mercuric oxide in an inverted glass container. He found that the gas emitted, was “five or six times as good as common air.” He called this gas “dephlogisticated air”. In later tests, it caused a flame to burn intensely and kept a mouse alive about four times as long as a similar quantity of air. He published his findings in the same year.

How did oxygen get its name?

Later, Antoine Lavoisier, a French chemist, also conducted experiments which lead him to the discovery of “oxygen”. In 1775, he was the first to recognize it as an element, and coined its name “oxygen”- which comes from a Greek word that means “acid-former”.

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When was the Notre Dame cathedral built?

The Notre Dame Cathedral was built during two centuries, between 1163 and 1345. It is one of the oldest buildings having Gothic architecture in France. Notre Dame is still a functioning Catholic church and is visited by millions of visitors every year.

The architecture of Notre Dame

This ancient church is almost 400 feet long and 140 feet wide. The famous twin towers in the front have almost 387 steps to the top! Most of the building has been built of stone but Notre Dame is sometimes known as ‘The Forest’ because almost 1300 trees were also used in its construction. The roof is made from 1000 lead tiles. In French, the Notre Dame Cathedral is called Notre-Dame de Paris which means ‘Our lady of Paris’. The interiors of the Cathedral are breathtaking. The stained glass windows are beautiful and almost all of them date back to the 13th century. The two rose windows are among the biggest in Europe. The bronze plate in the portico before the cathedral is the origin of all road distances in France calculated from Paris. The South Tower of Notre Dame has the largest bell known as the Emmanuel Bell and it weighs 13 tons. Notre Dame also has one of the most revered of religious artefacts- the crown of thorns. Many statues can be seen on the outside walls of Notre Dame.

Why is the Cathedral of Notre Dame so famous?

The Notre Dame Cathedral is so famous that it beats the number of visitors visiting the Eiffel tower in Paris. One of the most well read books in the world- Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame was set mostly in the Cathedral. It was written to increase the appreciation for the building.

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The unflappable albatross

The wandering albatross can travel 500 to 600 miles in a single day without even flapping its wings. It can maintain speeds higher than 127 km/hour for more than eight hours. This is the skill of dynamic soaring imbibed in the albatross.

What makes albatross fly high without flapping?

Scientists have proved that an elbow lock system allowed the albatross to keep its wings open at no energy. But researchers have been observing albatross for years and have now gained an insight into what makes them go high without flapping.

The soaring secrets of the albatross

The albatross gains height by angling their wings while flying into the wind. Then they turn and sweep along for about 100 meters. This is known as dynamic soaring. First they climb along the wind, then they turn from windward to leeward when they are at their flying peak, then they slightly make a leeward descent and finally a curve from the leeward to windward at an angle which makes them soar without flapping. This dynamic soaring allows for sustained flight. They can actually fly much faster than wind speed.

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Why is an idea mostly associated with a light bulb? http://mocomi.com/why-is-an-idea-mostly-associated-with-a-light-bulb/ http://mocomi.com/why-is-an-idea-mostly-associated-with-a-light-bulb/#comments Wed, 08 Mar 2017 10:45:25 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=93866 Why does a light bulb represent an idea? When active, Our brain produces electrical currents due to nearly 100,000 chemical reactions occurring in it per second. These chemical reactions are carried out in our brain by tiny cells called neurons. Neurons process and transmit information through electrical and chemical signals that they pass on to […]

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Why is an idea mostly associated with a light bulb?

Why does a light bulb represent an idea?

  • When active, Our brain produces electrical currents due to nearly 100,000 chemical reactions occurring in it per second.
  • These chemical reactions are carried out in our brain by tiny cells called neurons.
  • Neurons process and transmit information through electrical and chemical signals that they pass on to each other.
  • They pass this information at the speed of 420 km/hr.
  • Which is faster than the speed of a race car!
  • After processing this information, when we arrive at an insight, our brain literally lights up!
  • That is why an “idea” is usually associated with a light bulb.
  • The moment when we get an idea, is also referred to as an ‘Aha’, ‘Eureka’ or ‘light bulb’ moment.

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Karma http://mocomi.com/karma/ http://mocomi.com/karma/#comments Mon, 06 Mar 2017 09:24:26 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94428 What does “Karma” mean? “Karma” is a Sanskrit word which means deed, work or action. It mainly means that the actions or intent of an individual will determine his or her future, and is the spiritual principle of cause and effect. If you do good, then you can expect good to happen to you, but […]

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Karma

What does “Karma” mean?

“Karma” is a Sanskrit word which means deed, work or action. It mainly means that the actions or intent of an individual will determine his or her future, and is the spiritual principle of cause and effect. If you do good, then you can expect good to happen to you, but if you do bad, you can only expect bad to happen to you. Basically the word “Karma” confirms to the saying, “As you sow, so shall you reap.”

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Cows transfixed by saxophone sound! http://mocomi.com/cows-transfixed-by-saxophone-sound/ http://mocomi.com/cows-transfixed-by-saxophone-sound/#comments Fri, 03 Mar 2017 09:41:08 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94406 Sam Greenfield played his saxophone to attract the attention of cows at the New York State Animal sanctuary. Do cows like music? The cows- Jesse and Amos, were grazing and were not in sync with their surroundings. When Sam came there with his saxophone; initially the cows were sceptical of the moves and sounds but […]

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Cows transfixed by saxophone sound!

Sam Greenfield played his saxophone to attract the attention of cows at the New York State Animal sanctuary.

Do cows like music?

The cows- Jesse and Amos, were grazing and were not in sync with their surroundings. When Sam came there with his saxophone; initially the cows were sceptical of the moves and sounds but eventually walked up to Sam for a close up view of him and his soothing saxophone music. The cows seemed calm and rather in love with the music being played. In fact, one of the cows showed appreciation by licking Sam’s face after he stopped playing the saxophone.

Seems like even cows have developed a love for the musical instrument!

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Forbidden City, Beijing http://mocomi.com/forbidden-city/ http://mocomi.com/forbidden-city/#comments Thu, 02 Mar 2017 07:38:40 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94388 Hello Children, today I am at Beijing and this large arcade of red walls and yellow glazed roof tiles you see behind me is the Forbidden City. History of the Forbidden City The Forbidden City was built between 1406 and 1420 under the orders of the powerful Yongle Emperor of the Ming Dynasty. It was […]

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Forbidden City, Beijing

Hello Children, today I am at Beijing and this large arcade of red walls and yellow glazed roof tiles you see behind me is the Forbidden City.

History of the Forbidden City

The Forbidden City was built between 1406 and 1420 under the orders of the powerful Yongle Emperor of the Ming Dynasty. It was built to protect the Emperor and his family. It is a micro city in its own. For 500 years this Forbidden City was the political and ritual center of china. It was home to 24 emperors, their families and servants. The city had been home to 24 Chinese Emperors. In 1925 the precinct was transformed into the Palace Museum and the last emperor, Puyi was expelled. It still remains a cultural heritage site and is one of the most famous tourist attractions in China.

Features of the Forbidden City

The Forbidden City is surrounded by a 26 feet high wall and 170 feet wide moat. It is composed of more than 90 palace compounds and 98 buildings all aligned in a straight line from north to south. Each corner of the palace has a tall guard tower where soldiers were kept to keep a watch for enemies. The main gate of the city is the Meridian gate to the south. Each side of the city has one gate. The southern part of the palace is known as the outer court where the emperor used to conduct official ceremonies. Towards the north is the inner court where the emperor and his family lived. The emperor slept in a building called Palace of Heavenly Purity and the empress lived in a building called the Palace of Earthly Tranquillity.

3 Interesting facts about Forbidden City

  1. The Forbidden City is home to curated collection of Chinese historical artefacts. I saw an array of ancient treasures, porcelain and jade, gardens and plazas.
  2. The imperial dishes were created by the chefs at the Forbidden City. You can too enjoy and dine like an imperial ruler. Many restaurants located near the Forbidden City offer you great cuisine.
  3. You can visit the Forbidden City without a Visa and that too for 3 days! Beijing became 72 hours Visa free in 2013.

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Phosphene http://mocomi.com/phosphene/ http://mocomi.com/phosphene/#comments Tue, 28 Feb 2017 10:31:05 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94376 What does “Phosphene” mean? Have you ever closed your eyes and then pressed your eyelids with your fingers? Most of us have done it. What happens when we do that is, we feel a sensation of lights. Each of us might see these lights in different ways. Some might see them as spots while some […]

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What does “Phosphene” mean?

Have you ever closed your eyes and then pressed your eyelids with your fingers? Most of us have done it. What happens when we do that is, we feel a sensation of lights. Each of us might see these lights in different ways. Some might see them as spots while some might see them as lines, floating stars, zigzags, swirls, spirals or squiggles. Everyone sees them is different colours too! So, phosphene can be called a phenomenon characterized by the experience of seeing light without light entering the eye.

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The Story of Holi http://mocomi.com/story-of-holi/ http://mocomi.com/story-of-holi/#comments Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:48:34 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=84063 Why Holi is Celebrated? Holi gets its name from Holika, demon king Hiranyakashyap’s sister. Hiranyakashyap had got a boon from Lord Vishnu that he would not be killed by man or animal, at day or night, inside or outside, above or on the ground. So Hiranyakashyap said that only he should be worshipped, not God. […]

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The Story of Holi

Why Holi is Celebrated?

Holi gets its name from Holika, demon king Hiranyakashyap’s sister. Hiranyakashyap had got a boon from Lord Vishnu that he would not be killed by man or animal, at day or night, inside or outside, above or on the ground.

So Hiranyakashyap said that only he should be worshipped, not God. His own son, Prahlad continued to worship Lord Vishnu. This made his father angry. He asked Prahlad to jump from a mountain, but he remained unhurt.

Even when Hiranyakashyap made Prahlad jump in a well, he was unharmed.

Hiranyakashyap tried to poison Prahlad. The poison turned to nectar in Prahlad’s mouth.

Then, Hiranyakashya ordered that wild elephants should trample Prahlad, but he was not hurt.

Next, Prahlad was put in a room with poisonous, angry snakes, but still nothing happened to him.

Finally, Hollka made Prahlad sit on a pyre with her. She was protected by a shawl that kept her from being burnt. The shawl flew from her to Prahlad. So, Holika burned, Prahlad was safe.

Lord Vishnu appeared as half-man, half-lion and killed Hiranyakashyap at dusk, on his porch steps.

A Holika bonfire is lit every year to remind us of the victory of good over evil. Holi is celebrated on the day after the bonfire.

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Natural Holi Colors http://mocomi.com/natural-holi-colors/ http://mocomi.com/natural-holi-colors/#comments Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:26:20 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=83895 Make Natural Holi Colours with Einstein Iyengar The school was abuzz with the coming Holi holidays. The children were extremely excited to celebrate the festival of colors, much to the dismay of the environmental science teacher of Eeshan. During class he said “Holi is a wonderful festival that brings people of different race, color and […]

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Natural Holi Colors

Make Natural Holi Colours with Einstein Iyengar

The school was abuzz with the coming Holi holidays. The children were extremely excited to celebrate the festival of colors, much to the dismay of the environmental science teacher of Eeshan. During class he said “Holi is a wonderful festival that brings people of different race, color and kind, together. But over the years the use of harmful colors and wastage of water has made Holi a threat to the environment and people.”

“But Sir, are you saying we shouldn’t celebrate the festival at all?, asked Eeshan

“No Martin. But there is an alternative. We can use less of water during celebrations and natural colors. Colors that are made of natural things and do not harm our skin. They can also be taken off easily.” Said the professor.

Martin said “What is Holi without the water balloons and the strong colors Sir? We aren’t old, we are young and energetic!” the class cheered when Martin spoke.

The teacher continued “Do you know traditionally Holi was celebrated with colors that were good for the skin and had medicinal value as well. It celebrates the advent of spring and the trees that blossom and give the plants that helped in making the colors. I agree it is a festival which is meant for fun, but why can’t we have fun with colors that are naturally made? The synthetic colors are not just harmful to our skin, but also have a harmful effect on water resources, soil fertility and millions of animals and microorganisms. Would you want to harm all these things just for a few hours of fun Martin?”

Martin was speechless. Eeshan spoke, “Sir, What if we celebrate Holi in the school premises? We can have an activity of making as many colors naturally as possible and also get to play! I am sure the principal will encourage us to celebrate the festival in a natural way.”

“That’s a great idea Eeshan! Let me talk to the principal.” Said the teacher positively.

When the children found out that the principal had given the permission to celebrate Holi in the school premises, right before the holiday, they were overjoyed. The teacher asked “So how are we going to make the colors children?”

Martin spoke first, “We can use turmeric powder as yellow color! It smells nice and is great for the skin!”

“That’s great Martin!” acknowledged the teacher

Eeshan spoke next, “We can use dry hibiscus flowers and powder them. They will give a lovely red color. They are used in many shampoos as an ingredient for making hair softer. So we can use it to color everyone’s hair as well.”

The children were excited at the prospect of playing Holi as wildly as they did, but with colors that would not have a bad aftermath.

Many colors were made on the day of Holi and displayed on plates on a huge table. The colorful display made school a vibrant place that day with the principal also joining in to play with the students. Mehendi was used to make the color green, the Jacaranda flowers were dried and crushed to give a lovely blue color, the vegetable Beat Root was sliced and grated to give a lovely magenta and all the colors were mixed with water to make them wet. Kattha, used in the Pan was mixed in water to give a brown color and Amla was boiled and dried to give the color black.

The children had more fun playing with their teachers and the principal, more so because they didn’t have to rub generous amounts of oil before playing Holi this year. The oil, their mothers said, would help in removing the hard synthetic colors of Holi, when they took a bath. This Holi, was naturally fun!

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Jojo’s Unholy Holi http://mocomi.com/jojos-unholy-holi/ http://mocomi.com/jojos-unholy-holi/#comments Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:57:41 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=82817 Lighten Up, Its Holi! At school, Jojo was standing in the cafeteria when Karan stood behind him. While Jojo was busy eating an ice cream, Karan threw a water balloon at the cafeteria head and hid behind the chair. Unaware of the whole scenario, Jojo continued eating his ice cream when the head of the […]

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Jojo’s Unholy Holi

Lighten Up, Its Holi!

At school, Jojo was standing in the cafeteria when Karan stood behind him. While Jojo was busy eating an ice cream, Karan threw a water balloon at the cafeteria head and hid behind the chair. Unaware of the whole scenario, Jojo continued eating his ice cream when the head of the cafeteria stormed towards him.

“Are you trying to act smart?” said the cafeteria head “I will take you to the principal!”“For what? For eating an ice cream?” said Jojo, puzzled by the reaction.
“You threw a water balloon at me!” said the man “No, I did not!” argued Jojo

“I will make sure you get punished Jojo!” said the man adamantly, and left.

Karan came put of his hiding place and started laughing. Its when Jojo realized what had happened and said “So it was you! “

You have troubled me since long Karan. It has to stop now!”“Or what?” said Karan and continued “Look, it’s Holi! Lighten up a little Jojo!”

The last period of the day went on and Jojo was more than happy to get back to home. He was extremely irritated with Karan after what had happened. The bell rang to summon the end of the day and Jojo got up to leave. He could hear the class laughing behind him and looked puzzled.

Nikhil screamed “Jojo! Your trousers are all colored!”Jojo noticed a paper where he had been sitting and traces of ‘gulal’ on the paper. He saw Karan laughing at the back with the other children and stormed towards him.

Karan kept laughing with no remorse and told Jojo again to lighten up as it was Holi. When Jojo picked up the paper in which the color was kept, it read the same lines as Karan had been saying all day.

Jojo was extremely upset with how the day had turned out and hung his head in sorrow. Nikhil tried to cheer his friend up and said “Cheer up Jojo! It is Holi, Karan should lighten up as well!”

Jojo’s eyes lit up as an idea crossed his mind and he said “Nikhil! I know just how we can get back at him!”
The next day, the first period was that of their strict class teacher Mr. Sharma. When he opened the class cupboard to get some chalk, a paper on top of the half open cupboard dropped on his head. To his horror it was filled with ‘gulal’ which spill all over his face. The class started to laugh

Mr. Sharma picked up the paper and looked at the class angrily. “Who has done this? I will punish you all, if you don’t tell me who did this” The class went into absolute silence on realizing what had happened.

Mr. Sharma read what was written on the paper out loud. It read “Lighten up, its Holi!” The children in the class immediately said “That’s what Karan has been saying all this week!”

Before Karan could realize what had happened the whole class was pointing fingers at him and Mr. Sharma knew he had caught the prankster. He took Karan to the principal’s room and he was asked to spend three hours after school in detention till the end of the week.

Jojo and Nikhil walked past the classroom window and saw an angry and upset Karan sitting on the bench. Jojo laughed and said “Oh come on Karan! Lighten up! It is Holi!”

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What is Holi Festival?

Holi, is a religious spring festival celebrated by Hindus. It is a festival celebrated with colour, water and the exchange of sweets and is primarily observed in India, Nepal, Pakistan, and countries with a large Indian population following Hinduism.

Why do we celebrate Holi?

Holi originally, was a festival that commemorated good harvests and the fertile land. In addition to celebrating the coming of spring, Hindus believed that it was a time to enjoy spring’s abundant colors and saying farewell to winter.

Holi also celebrates many religious myths and legends. On the eve of the festival, bonfires are lit in memory of a young Prahlad’s miraculous escape from the Demoness Holika, sister of Hiranyakashipu in Hindu mythology. The name Holi is derived from the demoness Holika.

Even though there have been references to a festival such as this in Sanskrit texts where people sprayed coloured water using bamboo syringes, the origin of the modern Holi festival has been traced back to ancient Bengal. During the Gaudiya Vaishnav festival, people went to Krishna temples, applied red colour to the icon and then distributed the red coloured powder along with prasad to family and friends. These customs spread across the country and now…

History of Holi

Even though Holi originated in Bengal, the festival is most celebrated in the Braj region – locations connected to Lord Krishna such as Mathura, Vrindavan, Nandagaon and Barsana. These places see a huge surge in tourism during the Holi festival.
Holi is celebrated on the last full moon day of the lunar month, which usually falls in the later part of February or March.

Holi celebration in India

In most parts of India, Holi lasts about two days. One of festivals biggest attributes is that it closes the wide gaps between social classes and brings Hindus and people belonging to other religions together.
Holi today is celebrated with much fervour across the country. This festival is not just restricted to the younger ones, and you will see people of all ages, young and old participate. Just like the old times, people go visiting their friends and family and play with them. There are private parties too that are organised for the public by certain groups where a place is taken on rent, and people can come and play holi there with their friends. The organisers ensure that there is enough water, colour and sweets available. The music played at these parties get the crowds going as well.
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  • What is Holi locally known as in Bihar?
  • Holi has been depicted in which famous international song. Hint : It’s by Linkin Park
  • Make your own natural Holi colours by mixing some turmeric powder and gram flour and use it to play this Holi season. Be rest assured that this colour is safe and also extremely good for the skin.

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Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco http://mocomi.com/golden-gate-bridge/ http://mocomi.com/golden-gate-bridge/#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:50:31 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94357 “At last the mighty task is done. Resplendent in the western sun,” these are words from the poem ‘The Mighty Task is Done’, written about the Golden Gate Bridge by Joseph P. Strauss, the Chief Engineer of the Bridge. So, as you might have guessed, I am at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, […]

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Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

“At last the mighty task is done. Resplendent in the western sun,” these are words from the poem ‘The Mighty Task is Done’, written about the Golden Gate Bridge by Joseph P. Strauss, the Chief Engineer of the Bridge.

So, as you might have guessed, I am at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California which is an iconic piece of architecture.

History of the Golden Gate Bridge

Did you know it was called “the bridge that couldn’t be built,” before its construction began on January 5, 1933? After four years of relentless struggle against winds, fog, rocks and treacherous tides, today it stands 227 meters in height and 2,737 in length. It opened on May 27, 1937 and instantly become a much-loved symbol of the city.

The bridge was built at a cost of $35 million in principal and $39 million in interest. It was the world’s longest bridge until 1964, when Verrazano Narrows Suspension Bridge in New York City was built 60 feet longer. The Golden Gate is now the world’s ninth longest bridge.

The bridge is painted in the colour ‘International Orange’. However, this was not the first colour preference. Proposed colors for the bridge included carbon gray, aluminum, or black. The U.S. Navy wanted black with yellow stripes for greater visibility; not so attractive right?. Finally inspired by the red primer the steel beams had been coated in at the factories where they were made, the bridge was given an International Orange colour. Thank god for that! It truly complements the bridge’s natural surroundings and helps the structure stand out from the sea and sky.

The bridge has only been closed a few times since it opened. Three times due to due to high winds gusting close to or over 70 miles per hour, then for visits from dignitaries like President Franklin D. Roosevelt and President Charles de Gaulle of France. It was also closed on its 50th and 75th Anniversaries.

3 Interesting facts about the Golden Gate Bridge

  1. The Golden Gate Bridge has lost 7,500 tons (in weight) since it opened in 1937.
  2. It is estimated that 5,000 – 10,000 gallons of paint are used to repaint the Golden Gate Bridge each year.
  3. Toll collectors have let various cars pass without paying the toll, but collected some unusual things in its place, like canes, shoes and even false teeth.

It has been featured in many popular movies like Ant-Man (2015), Big Hero 6 (2014), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Monsters Vs. Aliens (2009), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and Hulk (2003) to name a few.

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What to do when you don’t get what you want?

How to get what you really want?

What to do when you don’t get what you want?
Everyday, you have something you would want or like to do.
‘want + Getting what you want = Happiness

But not everyday do you get to do that, do you?
‘want’ + Not getting what you want = Sadness

So, what do you do when you don’t get what you want?
The first emotion you feel is anger. Allow yourself to feel it completely. No need to act on it. Decide that you will not do anything until the feeling of anger has a lesser grip on you.

Once you allow yourself to feel angry completely, you will feel tired. Do something that helps you relax. Something that will distract you from what you are not able to get.
‘Want’ + Something you already have = Happiness

Find something you already have and let yourself indulge with it.

It takes time to get what you want. Sometimes a lot of time. But in the meantime you can still be happy instead of angry. Eventually you do end up getting what you want.

What you really really wanted.

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What does “Cruciverbalist” mean?

Solving crossword puzzles is fun and many people enjoy it. There are some people who don’t just enjoy it but strive to excel at it and with practice become skilled at solving crossword puzzles. There are so many people who take solving crossword puzzles and acing it seriously, that there is a word to describe them! It is “Cruciverbalist”. Cruciverbalist is a Latin word pronounced as Cru-civer-ba-list.

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Banana – An energy-booster http://mocomi.com/banana-an-energy-booster/ http://mocomi.com/banana-an-energy-booster/#comments Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:19:53 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94295 What are the health benefits of one Banana a day? Most of us might not like this wholesome fruit, but did you know that a banana a day can also help you keep the doctor away? Bananas make our bones stronger, prevent anemia and most importantly power our brains. If you are running low on […]

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Banana – An energy-booster

What are the health benefits of one Banana a day?

Most of us might not like this wholesome fruit, but did you know that a banana a day can also help you keep the doctor away? Bananas make our bones stronger, prevent anemia and most importantly power our brains. If you are running low on energy, have a banana and get that instant energy rush. Bananas are very rich in vitamins and minerals. A medium sized banana contains almost 420 mg of potassium which helps greatly in bodily functions.

Are bananas good for weight loss?

If you are worried about your weight, eating a banana will satiate you for a longer duration. This you can cut down on the junk you might have in between meals. An added advantage of a banana is, if you rub the peel on your teeth, it will make them white instantly!

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Discovery and Control of fire by early humans http://mocomi.com/control-of-fire-by-early-humans/ http://mocomi.com/control-of-fire-by-early-humans/#comments Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:19:58 +0000 http://mocomi.com/?p=94265 Discovery of fire by early man Contrary to popular belief fire was not invented but discovered and tamed by man. When lightning struck a forest and created fire, it probably intrigued and amazed the early man. Many scientists believe that the controlled use of fire was most likely first achieved by our ancient human ancestor […]

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Discovery and Control of fire by early humans

Discovery of fire by early man

Contrary to popular belief fire was not invented but discovered and tamed by man. When lightning struck a forest and created fire, it probably intrigued and amazed the early man. Many scientists believe that the controlled use of fire was most likely first achieved by our ancient human ancestor known as Homo erectus, and not Homo sapiens or Neanderthal as commonly believed. Homo erectus became the first hominin to master flames by accident, possibly in order to cook their food.

How did the control of fire lead to human evolution?

The control and manipulation of fire was a turning point for human evolution. It gave birth to cooked food. Cooking allowed the early man to consume more calories and, as a result, to develop larger brains.

Control of fire also helped one to ward off predators and venture into harsh climates. It also had important social and behavioral implications, like encouraging groups of people to gather together and stay up late.

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